Local 338 is an amalgamated union representing four separate bargaining units: Kaiser Aluminum - production/maintenance and clerical/technical workers, Kaiser Alutek workers, and LB Foster pre-cast/railroad ties division workers. We number more than 1000 private sector members who work primarily in manufacturing industries in North Eastern Washington.
ATTENDANCE CONTROL POLICY AND FMLA
FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) Website - http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/
Several times a year we are called on to represent members who have accumulated attendance points and are in jeopardy of losing their jobs. In some of those cases had the employee known, they could have requested time off under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and had their attendance points waived. We frequently hear from members who say they did not know FMLA could be used for a personal medical condition. In fact, there have been several cases had the employee applied for FMLA and been granted leave, they would not have ended up in the disciplinary process. In light of conversations I’ve had with some members, I’m sure the majority don’t understand how FMLA works. A loose explanation of the federal guidelines states that qualified employees can take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and personal medical reasons. Eligible employees are entitled to twelve work-weeks of leave in a twelve month period for any of the following reasons:
· Serious health conditions that makes the employee unable to perform the job;
· The birth of a child and to care for the newborn child within one year of birth;
· To care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition.
Employees who have questions about FMLA or how to apply should contact Vicki at extension 6427 or Kathy at extension 6423. Don’t wait to apply for FMLA until after you’ve accumulated attendance points due to a medical problem.
Dan Wilson, President—Local 338